No, that’s not a misprint, you read it right, MTV is resurrecting it’s 90’s cult science fiction animated show as a live-action rebooted series.
In case you need to be reminded just what Aeon Flux is/was the darkly erotic and sometimes sexually perverse tinged series was a lauded and beloved experimental animated series that began as part of MTV’s Liquid Television show. Eventually, Aeon Flux ran as a separate series for several short seasons of episodes throughout the mid-90s. The story revolves around a secret agent (the eponymous Aeon Flux) its amoral, and sociopathic, title character, a secret agent for the nation of Monica who’s particularly skilled at acrobatics. Her exploits take place in the year 7698 after an environmental collapse has wiped out most of the world’s population except for two cities in what was formerly Eastern Europe. One is an anarchist society (from which Aeon hails), the other is a police state led by her nemesis but also sometimes love interest Trevor Goodchild. The series was the creation of Peter Chung.
This is not the first attempt to bring Aeon Flux to the screen as a live-action version of the animated character. In 2005 a live-action movie starring Charlize Theron was released, which bombed both critically and commercially. I found the film version very disappointing mostly because it failed to recreate the weird and sometimes discomforting sexuality the animated series oozed on a regular basis. Also part of the allure of the animated series was the suggestive sadomasochistic scanty outfit worn by the title character which failed to appear in the live-action film. One has to wonder just how far MTV will be willing to go in this regard.
This begs the question is this a good idea? One has to question just how far MTV will be willing to go to effectively recreate the animated series’ weird and often dark vibe. It seems like it might be a better idea to resurrect the series in its original adult animation form which was so great in the first place (If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it). There’s no denying this is the age of reboots and with that in mind we can only hope for the best and that the spirit of the original will somehow manage to shine through.
Here’s a sample of the original: